Originally created 11/15/00

Award honors local Realtor



Longtime area real estate agent Jim Courson on Tuesday was named winner of the March of Dimes' annual Real Estate Industry Award for a career spanning three decades.

"Are you sure all the votes have been counted?" Mr. Courson asked jokingly, a comment on the current presidential election.

The award is given to real estate agents, lenders and other industry leaders for volunteerism, civic involvement and ethical business practices.

"I use you as an example to a lot of our salespeople," E.G. Meybohm, president of Meybohm Realtors and winner of last year's award, said during the awards breakfast.

The event is designed to raise funds for the March of Dimes' Saving Babies Campaign, an effort to raise awareness of birth defects.

Mr. Courson, 63, a native of Augusta, became a real estate agent in 1971. Prior to that, he served in the Navy and worked as a manager for area Winn-Dixie and Colonial stores.

In 1980, he left Trotter Realty Co., where he was senior vice president, to create his own real estate brokerage.

Mr. Courson, past president of the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors, is a frequent speaker at area schools.

"You never know what kind of influence you might have on someone as a mentor," he said.

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